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Financial Controller

Equity and our Mission

10,000 Degrees is the leading, equity-focused scholarship provider and college success nonprofit in California. Since 1981, we’ve helped more than 20,000 students from low-income backgrounds achieve their college dreams, and today, we reach more than 12,000 students and families each year.

Our mission is to achieve educational equity and to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to realize their full potential and positively impact their communities and the world.

Never has this mission been more critical. The pandemic has multiplied the obstacles and uncertainty our students face. The opportunity gap has not narrowed but grown. Educational inequities and racial injustices continue to prevail. The demand for our support and resources has never been greater.

Through it all, our commitment to our students has never wavered. 10,000 Degrees won’t stop until all of our students get the support and resources they need to realize their full potential, and earn their degree.

Join us on our mission to achieve educational equity. Apply to work with our passionate team to make a difference and give back to your community.

You’re joining at an exciting time, as we just launched our five-year Strategic Plan, and we are growing our talented team!

Our Core Values

At 10,000 Degrees, our core values guide everything we do, from the way we deliver student support to how we structure our organizational systems to be mission-aligned.

We believe:

  • In the great potential of all students.
  • Every student should have equitable opportunities to a quality education and to graduate from college.
  • All our students and alumni are changemakers.
  • Students and their families, schools and communities each play a critical role in educating our youth and strengthening our communities’ economic and social health.
  • Educating all students to achieve their full potential is an urgent moral, social and economic imperative.
  • Education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.

The Opportunity

The Financial Controller is an integral part of the 10,000 Degrees mission to support students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to positively impact their communities and the world. At 10,000 Degrees we believe that education is the foundation of a just and equitable society.  Students and their families as well as schools and local leaders each play a critical role in educating the next generation and strengthening the economic vitality and social health of our communities.  The students we serve are 100% from low-income communities; 89% black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian Pacific Islander, and People of color; and 85% first generation students.

The Financial Controller will be overseeing the Finance Team. The ideal candidate will have strong nonprofit accounting and audit experience, progressively taking on more responsibilities and senior roles. The candidate will have experience leading a team. As a strong communicator and skilled financial analyst, this person will help us continue developing our processes, policies, and procedures, and maintain internal financial controls. The Financial Controller will produce thorough financial reports for the Executive Team and the Board.


  • Oversee all accounts, ledgers, and reporting systems.
  • Coordinate all audit activity.
  • Prepare annual 990 tax form and all other regulatory filings.
  • Establish and develop financial benchmarks, budgets, monitoring of same, and reporting standards.
  • Analyze financial data and create and present financial reports in an accurate and timely manner; clearly communicate monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements; monitor progress and changes, and financial status.
  • Manage cash flow forecasting, and make recommendations for adjustments as needed.
  • Assist in the annual budgeting and planning process.
  • Implement and maintain accounting policies, practices, and procedures according to GAAP and FASB.
  • Maintain internal controls.
  • Maintain internal safeguards for revenue, expenses, and organizational budgets.
  • Support the Board of Director’s Audit, Finance, and Investment committees.
  • Work closely with the Development and Scholarship teams.
  • Work closely with the Grants Manager to monitor grant expenditures and reporting.
  • Work with insurance providers to review and maintain adequate insurance coverage.


  • Commitment to 10,000 Degrees’ mission, values, and goals
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or equivalent experience
  • At least 5 years’ experience in progressively senior accounting roles
  • Strong fund accounting experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • High level of professionalism
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and initiative and the ability to work independently
  • History of working effectively as part of a team


This position will be hybrid or remote. Candidates have to be located in California. Attendance at 10,000 Degrees events is encouraged.

How You’ll Help Us Achieve Our Mission

One of 10,000 Degrees strategic goals is to expand our impact beyond college success. As a member of the Finance Team, the Financial Controller will be one of the stewards of our resources, helping us manage risks, preserve assets, and running an efficient and effective operation.

Our Culture and Investment in You

We want you to feel proud being a part of the 10,000 Degrees team, because of the work that you do and the community we strive to be.

At 10,000 Degrees we are creating a more equitable, inclusive, anti-racist organization and a community where everyone belongs. We provide a comprehensive and generous benefits package, work schedule flexibility and a culture of care to promote job satisfaction, professional growth, and wellbeing.   We are a collaborative, team-oriented and transparent organization that listens to our employees. 10,000 Degrees also supports you on your career journey by providing ongoing professional development opportunities and giving you a clear path toward leadership pathways and advancement.

Compensation Package:

  • The starting salary for this position is $105,000 – $110,000 annually
  • This is a full-time, exempt position
  • Excellent health, dental, and vision benefits
  • Life and disability insurance
  • 15 days paid vacation plus holidays and paid sick leave
  • 401(k); employer contribution after year one
  • Professional development, including conferences, seminars, webinars, and trainings


For immediate consideration please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@10000degrees.org.

Note: all applicants are required to submit fingerprints as part of the background check, and Employment with 10,000 Degrees requires full vaccination and proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 before starting work. Exemptions to the mandatory vaccination policy may be available for a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief and must be approved before starting work.